Director of Instrumental Activities
Joshua Thompson, D.M.A., is the Director of Instrumental Activities at Saint Xavier University. He conducts the Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, and Brass Choir, and teaches courses in Conducting, Music Education, Music Theory and Applied Trumpet. He is active as a conductor, trumpeter, adjudicator and clinician. Joshua previously taught at Cornell College, Wayne State College and Waldorf College. He was also the music director and principal conductor of the Eastern Iowa Brass Band, an extremely active British-styled brass band, based out of Mt. Vernon, Iowa.
Dr. Thompson received his Bachelor of Music from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and graduated cum laude with degrees in Instrumental Performance and Music Education. He furthered his studies at Bowling Green State University and completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Iowa. For his dissertation project, he worked closely with award-winning composer Libby Larsen to reintroduce her Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra (1988) to the world by way of interviews, editing of the score and the creation of a reduction for trumpet and piano.
He has performed regularly with the Middletown Symphony Orchestra, Findlay Summer Stock Theatre, Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra, Quad City Symphony Orchestra, Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Coalition Big Band, and the "haus" German polka band at the Hofbräuhaus in Newport. An active chamber musician, Joshua has performed recitals and educational concerts with the Old Capitol Brass Quintet, Quad City Symphony Brass Quintet, and the Genuine Brass Quintet. He has premiered many compositions and also has a particular interest in the baroque trumpet repertoire.
Dr. Thompson is a member of the Iowa Bandmasters Association, International Trumpet Guild, Music Educators National Conference, National Band Association, College Music Society, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (alumnus), and the Free and Accepted Masons, Oxford Lodge No. 67. His primary teachers include James Olcott, Gary Speck, Charles Saenz, David Greenhoe, Myron Welch, R. Mark Heidel and Amy Schendel.
- Wind Ensemble
- Brass Choir
- Marching Band
- Instrumental Music Methods
- Brass Methods
- Applied Trumpet Lessons
- Music Recording and Technology
- Introduction to Music
- Fundamentals of Music Theory